Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

Rwanda: Simbikangwa, Prosecution Appeal 25-Year Sentence

Former intelligence officer in the Habyarimana regime, Pascal Simbikangwa has appealed the 25-year sentence that was meted to him last week by a French court.

According to AFP, the 54-year-old's lawyers Fabrice Epstein and Alexandra Bourgeot confirmed that they would appeal, although some reports suggest that the prosecution has also appealed the sentence seeking for a heavier prison term.

Simbikangwa was found guilty of, among other things, distributing weapons to members of the Interahamwe militia who carried out massacres and encouraging them to kill Tutsis.

Simbikangwa was arrested in 2009 on the island of Mayotte, a French territory in the Indian Ocean, where he had been hiding under a false name.

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